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Can you have surgery if you have a cough?

Can you have surgery if you have a cough?

Depends: An anesthesiologist will determine if a person's lung status is good enough for them to undergo anesthesia for surgery. It's preferred that the cause of the cough be found and specific treatment taken to relieve the cough prior to general anesthetics and surgery. ...Read more

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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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Can you have a cough and still have surgery?

Can you have a cough and still have surgery?

Cough and surgery: Hello, it depends on the cough itself and the surgery you are scheduled for. For example, if you are scheduled for tube placement in your ears, this surgery takes 5minutes for both ears and can be done with IV sedation. But an open heart surgery requires general anesthesia and hours of surgery. If the cough is productive, associated with a fever, in a smoker/copd pt, then anesthesia will cancel. ...Read more

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Hello I have a bad cough since january 3rd and its not going away with anything and I got it about 2weeks after surgery any one can help me?

Hello I have a bad cough since january 3rd and its not going away with anything and I got it about 2weeks after surgery any one can help me?

Exam: You need to be examined and have a full physical as this has hung on too long. Your doctor will listen to your lungs, possibly get a chest x-ray and blood work. Antibiotics without an examination are rarely the right answer. ...Read more

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Can I have surgery in 3 days if my bronchitis has been treated and my cough is mild. I do not have psnemonia and otherwise feel pretty good.?

Can I have surgery in 3 days if my bronchitis has been treated and my cough is mild. I do not have psnemonia and otherwise feel pretty good.?

Most likely: It depends on the type of surgery and anesthesia required and if your lungs sound clear now. You say you feel well so that's a good sign that it should be alright. Keep taking your inhalers as prescribed and call the surgery center or your doctor with any worsening symptoms. Good luck. Oh, stop smoking if you do. :). ...Read more

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My son will have his operation 6days from now. But he got cough and could. Isn't still possible to go on with his operation for hypospadias surgery?

My son will have his operation 6days from now. But he got cough and could. Isn't still possible to go on with his operation for hypospadias surgery?

Depends: Upper respiratory tract infections can predispose a kid undergoing an inhalation anesthesia to develop complications including pneumonia. You should inform the team that is planning his care so they can decide when it will be safe. ...Read more

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Surgery in 6 hours and have a tickle with occasional dry cough; ok to go ot surgery?

Surgery in 6 hours and have a tickle with occasional dry cough; ok to go ot surgery?

Perhaps...: This cough could be due to post-nasal drip or gerd as well as bronchospasm. The ultimate desicion to proceed with the procedure is made by your surgeon and anesthesiologist. If there is no wheezing or signs of infection and your oxygen level is ok, they will likely proceed with the procedure but the desicion lies with the surgeon and anesthesiologist. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have had a cough for about a week. I'm scheduled for surgery next Thursday. Will the cough interfere with my Anesthesia?

I have had a cough for about a week. I'm scheduled for surgery next Thursday. Will the cough interfere with my Anesthesia?

It could: Depends on the type of surgery, how urgent it is, and how sick you are next week. You'll want to let the surgeon or anesthesiologist (if you've met that person) know next week beforehand. ...Read more

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I just had gallbladder surgery 8days ago. I was fine until yesterday afternoon. I now have a cough and what feels like a cold. Should I be concerned?

I just had gallbladder surgery 8days ago. I was fine until yesterday afternoon. I now have a cough and what feels like a cold. Should I be concerned?

Flu after surgery: Recovery from surgery is a time of vulnerability, and catching the flu or a cold is not uncommon. Check in with your surgery team. They may consider a flu shot or anti-virals. Make sure you have a post operative appointment. Then take it easy, rest, oral hydration. Call or go in if you develop fever, rash or vomiting. Be well. ...Read more

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Have had surgery but due to coughing (poss whopping cough) hernia is back at moment not effecting bowl as before but painfull when I move what can I d?

Have had surgery but due to coughing (poss whopping cough) hernia is back at moment not effecting bowl as before but painfull when I move what can I d?

See a doctor: Have a physical examination to be sure what you have. Then get the options for care or management. If it is a recurrent hernia then go back to see your surgeon for treatment options or choices. ...Read more

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Cold and cough days before surgery under general anasthetic?

Cold and cough days before surgery under general anasthetic?

Call your doctor: Call your surgeon and explain what's going on. If you have fever or are coughing up secretions, it might be best to delay surgery. But if this is just a mild cold, it may resolve without any problem. Also depends on the type of surgery you've having. Always best to be in prime health before surgery and anesthesia. ...Read more

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Can it be no problem to have a slight cough when going in to surgery to remove tonsils?

Can it be no problem to have a slight cough when going in to surgery to remove tonsils?

Yes: Minor respiratory symptoms do not pose additional risk for tonsillectomy surgery; in fact, some have chronic upper respiratory symptoms that are part of why they need to have their tonsils out in the first place, making it difficult to catch them in a completely healthy state for surgery. Significant shortness of breath, severe cough with lots of phlegm, and fever are reasons to delay surgery. ...Read more

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Surgery in few hours and have a tickle with occasional dry cough.? I don't want delay. Can I hide this?

Surgery in few hours and have a tickle with occasional dry cough.? I don't want delay. Can I hide this?

Do not hide: Hiding any symptom from anesthesia is dangerous. Anesthesia itself has risks and the anesthesiologist needs to know about any and all symptoms you are having at the time of surgery. If it is an elective procedure, more tests may be needed to make sure you are in the best possible health for the procedure. If emergent, the anesthesiologist can be prepared for possible complications and treat them. ...Read more

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Have chronic cough need cateract surgery will take ativaan for anxiety but this won'the help if I start coughing?

Have chronic cough need cateract surgery will take ativaan for anxiety but this won'the help if I start coughing?

Determine cause: Chronic cough is most commonly due to 3 conditions: asthma, post-nasal drip, or GERD (heartburn). You might have one or a combination of all three. Post-viral cough is also very common and can last for weeks. Further workup by Allergist is helpful as they can perform a more detailed assessment including skin testing, pulmonary function testing, etc. Treatment will depend on cause. ...Read more

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I ve bronciectasis in left lower lobe & have chronic uncontrollable cough, is it better to go for surgery to have that part removed before it spreads?

I ve bronciectasis in left lower lobe & have chronic uncontrollable cough, is it better to go for surgery to have that part removed before it spreads?

Not that simple: If it is your idea then no, as medical management postural drainage, antibiotics will help, also bronchiectasis do not spread to the other segments like infection, how ever for intractable disease when only one segments is involved, with good pulmonary function tests some times segmental resection is indicated speak to your doctor will advise what you need. ...Read more

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I had surgery for an lingual hernia 4 weeks ago. I have noticed that it still looks like a hernia. I feel it when I cough or yell. I think its still?

I had surgery for an lingual hernia 4 weeks ago. I have noticed that it still looks like a hernia. I feel it when I cough or yell. I think its still?

Very common feeling.: Hernia surgery in adults involves removing the hernia sac and placing mesh to cover the hole in the abdominal wall. It is common and expected for fluid to accumulate in the space where the hernia was; this can look and feel like a hernia initially. Not to worry: your body will slowly reabsorb this fluid. Regardless, if you have pain or this persists, you should go back to see your surgeon. ...Read more

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I have a very small recurrent hernia, it is only noticible when I cough, otherwise there's no bulge, should I have another surgery or just wait no pain?

I have a very small recurrent hernia, it is only noticible when I cough, otherwise there's no bulge, should I have another surgery or just wait no pain?

See your surgeon: In general, it is good that there are no symptoms, but also in general, we think recurrent hernias are more likely to become a problem that primary hernias. Further, it may not be a recurrence, and an exam by a surgeon, along with the surgeon;s advice may be the best course of action. ...Read more